West Windsor Arts was created because a group of local citizens came together out of deep community spirit and a belief in the transformative power of the arts.
It all began in 2002 when these community members and West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh convened the Mayor’s Art Center Formation Task Force with the goal to reinvigorate the historic Princeton Junction Firehouse into an arts center. They sought to create a welcoming place that would encourage and nurture individuals on their personal creative journeys and provide top-notch arts and culture programming. Soon after, they applied for and received 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the IRS.
In September 2010, after years of planning and fundraising by the community, the art center opened in the historic 1931 firehouse under a ten year lease from the township. The firehouse had once been the site of dances, receptions, and bandage-rolling events during World War II. Now, the organization and center once again serve as a gathering point for the greater West Windsor community presenting arts education classes and camps, community outreach events and rental space, select performances in theater, music, and dance, literary events, and art exhibitions. These programs serve over 14,500 individuals each year. Building on collaborations and partnerships, WWAC continues to expand its reach and welcome new audiences to connect, explore, and create.
In June of 2021, a satellite location called Whole World Arts was opened at MarketFair Shopping Center on Rt. 1. This new gallery and studio features drop-in art activities, classes, the exhibition and sale of art by local artists, and a handmade market with a focus on sustainable studio practices, recycled materials, and content that centers on our vision for a more just and sustainable world through the arts.
To provide high-quality cultural programming that brings people together and transforms the world around us by inspiring, educating and promoting the arts and art appreciation for our diverse community.
Learn more about West Windsor Arts Council’s vision, goals, and next steps in our Strategic Plan.
In addition, in response to the overwhelming changes of the pandemic on our community, the West Windsor Arts Council has created the following guiding statement to shape its work for the year to come:
Focusing on CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS with our diverse COMMUNITY to meet the CHALLENGES of our time through the ARTS.
Board of Trustees
Jyotika Bahree, President
Mikel Cirkus, Vice President
Gina Holland, Treasurer
Maureen Connolly-Hersh, Secretary
Shefali Shah Chong
Holly Singer Eland
Brenda F. Engel*
Ina Brosseau Marx
Julia R. Myers
Ruth Kusner Potts+
Richard S. Snedeker
* We remember
+ Past President
Arts Advisory Council
Ann Marie Miller
Ruth Kusner Potts
Contact Us / Visit West Windsor Arts Center
West Windsor Arts Center
952 Alexander Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Phone: (609) 716-1931
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952 Alexander Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Phone: (609) 716 – 1931
Summer hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 6 pm
Directions to West Windsor Arts Center
From Route 1 North and South: Take Alexander Road East/Princeton Junction exit (off Route 1 South, take second Alexander Road exit). Stay on Alexander Road and go to the traffic circle over the railroad tracks. At circle turn left to continue on Alexander Road. The West Windsor Arts Center (former Princeton Junction Firehouse) is approximately 0.2 m on your right. Follow Directions for Parking as mentioned. From the New Jersey Turnpike: Take Exit 8 (Hightstown/East Windsor). After tolls, take Route 33 East and follow signs for Route 133 (bypass) West. Take Route 133 West to Route 571 West (Princeton-Hightstown Road). Stay on Route 571 West for approximately 8 miles. Turn left onto Alexander Road. The West Windsor Arts Center (former Princeton Junction Firehouse) will be approximately 0.3 m on your left. Park in the lot adjacent or follow directions to park in the Wallace Road Permit Lot provided below.
Parking for Arts Center Events
Monday – Friday before 6 PM: Limited free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the arts center.
Monday-Friday after 6 pm and All Day Saturday and Sunday: Visitors to the West Windsor Arts Center are permitted to park in the Wallace Road Permit Lot for an event after 6 pm Monday–Friday and any time if the event is held on a Saturday or Sunday. Please use the marked sidewalks along Alexander Road to and from the arts center.
Directions to Wallace Road Permit Lot
From Route 1: Follow above directions but after turning left at the circle continue on Alexander Road and the very next left is Wallace Road. Once on Wallace Road, make a left into the Permit Lot and proceed to the far end of the lot as close to Alexander Road as you can park. Watch for signs and walk across Wallace onto the marked crosswalk on the left side of Alexander Rd. Proceed on the sidewalk until you reach Berrien Ave. Prepare to cross Alexander at the Berrien Ave intersection but keep in mind that Alexander if very heavily trafficked so proceed with caution. Once you cross Alexander you will now walk on the right hand side of Alexander for a few hundred feet until you reach the West Windsor Arts Center at 952 Alexander Road.
From Route 571: Turn onto Alexander Road. When you reach Scott Ave., turn right. Proceed to the stop sign (Wallace Rd.) and then turn left. Watch for the entrance to the Wallace Road Permit Lot on your right and immediately before the stop sign at Alexander Road. Once you enter the permit lot, park as close to the entrance as you can. Watch for signs and walk across Wallace onto the marked crosswalk on the left side of Alexander Rd. Proceed on the sidewalk until you reach Berrien Ave. Prepare to cross Alexander at the Berrien Ave intersection but keep in mind that Alexander if very heavily trafficked so use extra caution. Once you cross Alexander you will now walk on the right hand side of Alexander for a few hundred feet until you reach the West Windsor Arts Center at 952 Alexander Road.